Man Utd and Liverpool’s best and worse case Champions League scenarios
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In a little over a month's time, Europe's elite club competition – the Champions League – will resume.
The 2019-20 tournament was drastically affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the latter stages of the competition to take place in late August.
German champions Bayern Munich ended up winning the tournament, claiming their sixth European Cup with a 1-0 victory over their French counterparts Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG, as well as a plethora of Europe's big clubs, will be desperate to knock the imperious Bayern off their perch.
Premier League big boys Manchester United and Liverpool will be two of the sides hoping to bring the European Cup back to England next May.
United and Liverpool have yet to be drawn in their respective groups, although they've already been grouped into their appropriate pots.
The Red Devils have been placed in Pot Two along with their local rivals Manchester City.
Defending Premier League champions Liverpool, meanwhile, have been placed in Pot One along with their Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Russian counterparts.
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The best cases scenario for United is for them to be drawn in a group with either Zenit Saint Petersburg or Porto.
Conversely, the worst-case scenario for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's troops would see them grouped with either Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or Juventus.
The ideal scenario for Liverpool, meanwhile, would see them drawn in a group with either Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax or Atletico Madrid.
There is, however, the possibility that Jurgen Klopp's men could end up being grouped with Barcelona, whom they overcame in an unforgettable semi-final tie in the 2018-19 season.
Both United and Liverpool could face tough trips to Germany, Italy and Russia to play RB Leipzig, Lazio or Lokomotiv Moscow, who are set to feature in Pot Three or Four.
Pot Three and Pot Four have yet to be finalised as a further 12 teams are set to vie for the last six remaining spots in the tournament later this month.
- Champions League
- Premier League
- Liverpool FC
- Manchester United FC
- Jurgen Klopp
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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